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because of the negotiations over the debt ceiling. the administration wanted to clean increase in the debt ceiling. when we were facing a potential disaster because of reluctance on the part of congress to raise the debt ceiling. we saw a solution which we hope would not be put in place. no one expected it to be put in place. the idea was to have a commitment mechanism we wouldn't need to force us to make better policy decisions on the sequester. and in the negotiations, what i was referring to was the fiscal cliff negotiations at the end of last year, where the matters were very close. the president did not ask for more revenue in those negotiations. he actually asked for less. he had 1.6 trillion in his budget, came down to 1.2 trillion. i will point out charlie the president has done unusual he's kept his last offer on the table. he didn't retreat and say no i want to go back to that original figure. he kept some very difficult offers on the table to reach a bargain, including entitlement reforms. and so the president has been looking for a balanced way to do this. and in some sense it'
-- the sequester was terrible. it was only done as a result of the republican blackmail on the debt ceiling. we increased the debt ceiling. people do not understand what that is. it is foreiling says money you have already spent. if you owe money, you cannot pay the bills. you have to pay the bills. otherwise the country defaults. the treasury people tell us that would be catastrophic. so you have to pay the bills. we have raised the debt ceiling 77 signs -- times since world war ii. there is political demagoguery from whatever clinical party was in go the minority. at the end, there was a vote for it. they say if you increase the debt ceiling coming up to cut spending by an incredible amount. over 10 years. white 10 years? arbitrary. -- why over 10 years? arbitrary. 2.4 congress voted for $ trillion in cuts. 2 trillion -- the sequester makes no sense at all. from our point of view, we do not have a that crisis or deficit crisis. we have a jobs crisis. we have reduced the deficit. the only intelligent way to measure deficit is as a percent of the economy. . percent of gdp that is for a simple r
stepped back because we do have this debt ceiling vote coming up soon. we have to stop the spending -- >> neil: you used to work there, and i always think there's a method to all madness, and i think that someone there, within the ranks of the party establish; must be saying, we can't agreg aggressively push this because maybe in and of itself, pushing the idea of immediately attacking the debt and we don't, immediately backfires on us. >> i'll go bark the words of the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff mullen who said our debt is the most critical national security crisis of the country. that it is coming from the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. i believe everybody else in washington, dc would get onboard. you would not think that something such as that financial matter would have something to do with national security but it does you. look at what its going on with the missile interceptors we're moving up into alaska, it's costing us now two to three times what should it have cost, and we'll hear to borrow money from china, in order to have a missile defense shiel
debt ceiling issues and then our -- obviously, o national debt and deficits -- neil: are they whistling past the graveyard? >> we'll have an adjustment. i hope not. i hope we continue to build incomes up, keep the corporate profits up, but unless we reform the tax code, unless we reform, obviously, the entitlement programs, unless we get debt and deficit and fiscal issues under control, we're in trouble. neil: senator, i thought you were swimming upstream in massachusetts. amazing, ted kennedy's seat, shocking, actually. maybe you set sights on a national stage where your argument resinates more among folks in the country. are you interested in that? >> i think you need people like me and others. you have rubio, portman, thune, good republicans, a lot of good democrats who bring a common sense approach to who we are -- neil: i know that, but would you specifically, scott brown? >> i'm not ruling anything out, but now i'm happy and honored to be a fox contributor. i'll recharge engines and bring my message to the american people and remind them and challenge them -- i want to challenge t
feel like we're headed toward this sort of late spring, early summer debt ceiling showdown. am i wrong? then from a policy perspective, can the two sides meet? >> well, i think it's important to remember that we actually have had two and a half trillion dollars of deficit reduction agreed to already. and in all of the votes that they've taken so far we've had significant deficit reduction and both taxes but mostly in spending. and i would say, you know, it does feel like groundhog day because we've gone through two and a half years. great movie. not so great when it's congress. >> not fun when it's real. right. >> but we feel like we have this, i mean, how many times has speaker boehner said one to one? i know it's tiring but the idea that we're going to negotiate the debt limit? i mean, i think it's -- the president should refuse to negotiate on the debt limit. >> he has in the past. >> i think he should hold to that position now because i think the challenge for republicans is that this whole debate has weighed them down as a party. their numbers get worse every time they go through
on the debt ceiling before his re-election. >> true. >> and so he forced this process to occur and insisted. >> but he didn't want the sequester cuts. >> well, no. he didn't want the cuts, but we had the sequester as a result of his demands. and i'm told my colleagues in the house that the sequester will stay in effect until there is an agreement that will include cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next ten years. >> but no tax increases. >> no tax increases. the president already got $650 billion worth of tax increases january 1st. he got a trillion dollars worth of tax increases in obama care. this year the federal government will bring in more revenue than any year in our history and yet we're still going to have a trillion dollars budget deficit. spending is the problem. >> the white house says in response, yes, it's true. taxes went up more than $600 billion over ten years at the end of the year but it is also true the white house put $1.5 trillion worth of spending cuts in their budget. the truth is you're both right. i mean, they have offered spendi
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